Starting October 25 of 2011, "InfertilityMom," 39-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder of Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes, all due to vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office. The largest two strokes were brain stem and cerebellum bleeds. Jenni remained hospitalized until nearly Christmas and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care (please read more and watch short video). Jenni is now walking (with a cane or wheeled walker), has recovered much eye-sight, some hearing, partial use of her hands, cares for most of her own personal/toiletry needs, and is currently writing three books, maintains multiple blogs, and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Near the five-year recovery mark, Jenni has renewed her pre-stroke excitement about the unique Lilla Rose hair Flexi eight jewelry she sells and has finally regained enough hand/arm function to regularly use! (The biggest ongoing losses at the 4 1/2-year point of recovery are left-side nerve pain, inability to drive, loss of homeschool teaching capability, significant sound processing issues (often triggering nausea), and some profound physical ability limitations such as a limp, balance challenges, clumsy use of right hand and only large motor function in left hand.) Here is her resume.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equipts you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Jenni is clinging to God's grace through the entire experience. Here is her unfolding story, documented in her own words (typing with only her right hand), as she perceives it happening in real time, messy, honest and to the glory of God...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Earrings and Manuscripts

My days to prepare for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference were a whirlwind, 13 days from first consideration to actually there!

During that time, I had to prepare two manuscripts for publisher presentation and get them mailed in time for review, deadline a week before I left.

I pushed hard to get those manuscripts ready!

The Saturday of the conference (I was there Tuesday evening through Tuesday morning) I learned that my manuscripts had never arrived nor been reviewed by anyone. I had a chance to turn in a replacement of one of these two projects and a replacement rough draft of something I was not prepared to even present yet.

I handled this wrinkle with amazing peace, a God-is-in-charge attitude. The manuscript retrieval team seemed utterly shocked that I wasn't upset. I simply knew that this entire trip was so intensely God-ordained that, without question, I could trust His plans for my writing and all that was to transpire there.

The next day (I think?) I was scheduled for a professional photo session for a headshot that would be appropriate for a book jacket.

I was exhausted! I left the workshop in the hour before photos because I nearly feel asleep in class and had to go back to my room and lay down.

I set an alarm for 20 minutes and got up again to deep, black under eye circles, uncooperative hair, clothing issues, and worst of all, only one earring in the set I had specifically packed to wear in pictures!

That lost earring was nearly my undoing!

Loose two manuscripts that I've pour my heart and hours of prayer and labor into, totally change my career-oriented plans and I'm fine. Misplace an earring and I think the world has come to the end!

Can anyone say sleep deprivation? Strokie emotional liability? Irrationality?

I haven't seen my pictures yet and don't expect to be too excited with them once I do. I just was really funny to me later to realize a game-changer loss, I met with confident calmness, while a minor inconvenience nearly broke me!

Humans are complicated creatures! Stroked humans are beyond figuring out, even by ourselves sometimes.

1 comment:

  1. You knew everything was God ordained. Losing an earring.....well? Yes God does care, even about earrings.